Scientists found a ‘significant link’ between marijuana and manic episodesMania includes symptoms such as depression, anger and aggressionAlso includes hyperactivity, less need for sleep and feelings of elation In extremes, can cause people to become delusional and hear voicesCannabis can make mania worse in people with bipolar disorder, they saidBy

Madlen Davies for MailOnline

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13:33 EST, 11 February 2015

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Smoking cannabis can bring on symptoms of mania, new research warns.Researchers found there is a ‘significant link’ between marijuana use and mania, which can range from hyperactivity and difficulty sleeping to aggression, becoming delusional and hearing voices.The study of more than 2,000 people is especially alarming for teenagers who indulge in the habit.Lead researcher Dr Steven Marwaha, of Warwick University, said: ‘Cannabis is the most prevalent drug used by the under-18s.’During this critical period of development, services should be especially aware of and responsive to the problems cannabis use can cause for adolescent populations.’ There is a ‘significant link’ between marijuana use and mania, resarchers say. This can range from hyperactivity and difficulty sleeping to aggression, becoming delusional and hearing voicesThe study, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, examined the effect of cannabis on individuals who had experienced mania. This can include feelings of persistent elation, heightened energy, hyperactivity and a reduced need for sleep.Mania can also make people feel angry and aggressive with extreme symptoms including becoming delusional or hearing voices.Dr Marwaha said: ‘Previously it has been unclear whether cannabis use predates manic episodes. We wanted to answer two questions – does cannabis use lead to increased occurrence of mania symptoms or manic episodes in individuals with pre-existing bipolar disorder?’But also does cannabis use increase the risk of onset of mania symptoms in those without pre-existing bipolar disorder?’He found cannabis use tended to precede or coincide with episodes of mania.There was a strong association with new symptoms of mania – suggesting these are caused by marijuana use. ‘It’s a significant link,’ Dr Marwaha said.The study also found cannabis significantly worsened mania symptoms in people who had … – Click Here To Visit Article Source